Hey guys! Checking in with a quick post. How are your weekends so far? As I write, I’m on the train up to Chatham, where I’ll be until tomorrow afternoon. It’s been a very long day so far, but fortunately I started it off the best way possible: with a delicious breakfast.
Now, I know my strengths as a food blogger. Want a delicious salad or dressing? Raw wraps and sammies? Hummus recipes of infinite variety? A hearty vegan dinner? How about some tips on vegan transition, lifestyle adjustment, and nutrition—or tips on how to be a happy vegan traveler, office worker, dinner party guest, or restaurant diner? Need a boost of confidence as you embrace a healthier and more humane lifestyle—publicly or privately? Or are you trying to quit smoking, and you just want someone to tell you that you’re not going to lose your mind? I’m your girl.
Ask me to concoct a raw triple layer cake, though–or even a professional looking raw pizza–and I may disappoint you. As me for tips on how to run a marathon (or train for one), and I’ll stare at you blankly. As me how to sculpt killer abs, and I’ll tell you to take a Core Fusion class.
Ask me how to bake, and I’ll tell you to talk to Julie.
Julie Feld is the mastermind behind Savvy Eat, a chronicle of Julie’s days as a college student, her playful and thoughtful forays into nutritional science, and her honest musings on life, love, and the little things. Most of all, it’s a collection of Julie’s remarkable baking recipes. I’ve followed Julie’s blog for a while, but it wasn’t until the HLS this year that I started reading regularly, in part because I was so impressed with her contributions to the “ups and downs of pressing publish” panel. Now, I check in on Julie often through the ether, always grateful for her pensive, intelligent, and honest thoughts. When Julie recently announced that she’d be giving away some of her famous scones in honor of her blogiversary, I commented that I wished they were vegan, because a scone package sounded delightful. Julie wrote back to say she’d be glad to veganize them, and I entered the contest less than a minute later. I’m happy to say that this is the very first blog giveaway I won!
It’s lucky, too, since I’m not much of a baker. Don’t get me wrong: I can bake. I have baked. It’s just not my personal forte, and I don’t often make the time. If for some reason I should have that rare hour of downtime on a weekend, you’ll probably find me trying to make a new soup or nut pate. I’d actually really like to get better at baking, since vegan cookies and cupcakes seem to pave the way even into stubborn omnivores’ hearts. But in the meantime, I stick to the cooking and uncooking I know I’m great at, and leave scones to the pros.
Two days ago, a package of vegan pumpkin scones arrive at my office. When I opened the box, aromas of cinnamon and sugar wafted toward me—I was on the phone at the time, and this was a little distracting. I had a scone as an afternoon snack that very day, and was delighted. So were two very lucky coworkers who happened to be in the right place at the right time. I had a second helping of cinnamon pumpkin heaven this morning. Since I haven’t gone a single day this week without my butternut squash smoothie, I figured I’d have to keep the trend going, but I made it with canned pumpkin instead.
This drink is really incomprehensibly good. If you don’t believe me, just ask Ash. She’ll tell ya.
I served it with two of Julie’s pumpkin scones, and life was complete:
Julie, you have mad skillz. Thank you!
Since my friendship with Julie happens to have been a happy by product of the HLS, I wanted to mention—really belatedly—that the video of my chat with Caitlin is up, and can be accessed here. Check it out, if only to see Katie’s moving speech. One thing that occurs to me in retrospect is that my original intention was for the presentation to be a hard hitting look at the impact of food blog reading (and writing) on such conditions as food guilt or orthorexia. What it became was a pretty upbeat tribute—a “how food blogs changed my life” fiesta, if you will. This is totally fine—obviously, I love food blogs and credit them with incalculable amounts of good, or I wouldn’t write one! But I do wish that we’d been able to touch more on the hazards of blog reading, especially among women who are prone to orthodox thinking. Oh well, next time! Tt was a great day, and if you want to hear me pronounce my name the way it’s pronounced, or listen to me stammer when I get nervous, click away!
On that note, friends, I bid you happy Saturday.